Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 1/4"-20 Mount

Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 1/4"-20 Mount

Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 1/4"-20 Mount

B&H # MA460MG MFR # 460MG
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • 3 Independent Movements with Locks
  • Easy-to-Tighten Hydrostatic Knobs
  • 180° Forwards and 30° Backwards Tilt
  • Up to 180° Sideways Tilt
  • 360° Rotation, Built-In Bubble Level
  • RC2 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • Magnesium-Alloy Construction
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, Non-Slip Surface
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This 460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head from Manfrotto has a load capacity of 6.6 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. It includes an RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. Compatible quick release plates can be removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be quickly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent a compatible quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

The head can be rotated 360°, and tilted 180° forwards or 30° backwards, as well as 180° sideways. Each of these three movements function independently of each other and have large, rubberized twist knobs that allow the corresponding movement to be adjusted or locked into place. Each knob utilizes pressurized fluid, which provides an easy-to-tighten, hydrostatic locking mechanism. To promote fast and repeatable device positioning, this 460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head also includes a dedicated angle scale for rotational movements that is designed for easy visibility.

460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head
  • 6.6 lb load capacity
  • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
  • Can be rotated 360°, tilted 180° forwards or 30° backwards, as well as 180° sideways
  • Rotation, backwards and forwards tilt, as well as sideways tilt each function independently of each other and have large, rubberized twist knobs which allows the corresponding movement to be adjusted or locked into place
  • Easy-to-tighten hydrostatic knobs that utilize pressurized fluid
  • Integrated, RC2 quick release cam lock
  • Dedicated angle scale for rotational movements that is positioned for easy visibility helps promote fast and repeatable device positioning
  • Built-in bubble level
  • Durable, magnesium-alloy construction
200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Compatible with Manfrotto RC2 quick release cam lock
  • Measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
  • 1/4"-20 mount
  • Durable, aluminum-alloy construction
UPC: 719821287643
In the Box
Manfrotto 460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 1/4"-20 Mount
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 460MG specs

    General
    Head Type Pan & Tilt Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type RC2
    Load Capacity 6.6 lb / 2.99 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 1
    Material Magnesium
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -180 to +30
    Vertical Tilt -30 to +180
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Base Diameter 2.36" / 5.99 cm
    Dimensions H: 4.1" / H: 10.4 cm
    Weight 0.99 lb / 450 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.3 x 4.9 x 3.6"

    Manfrotto 460MG reviews

    460MG 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 1/4"-20 Mount is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 73.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Solidly Constructed but ... ... it doesn't meet my expectation. For beginners this head is probably fine, but if you want better control, I suggest stick with the old fashioned 3-way pan head or get a ball head. This head does not even have a safety lock when positioning the camera vertically or tilting forward/back. You may seriously damage the camera or your lense if you forget to tighten the knobs then just let go of the camera. The knobs are not smooth to operate. Bottom line, I ended up returning the 460MG and replaced with the much much better Manfrotto 410 Geared-head (well worth the price and I am very very happy)
    Date published: 2011-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old school and very easy to use I come from more traditional roots as a photographer. I've used many tripods and heads and prefer the more traditionally adjustable head. I realize the trend is to go with a ball head but I like the holding stability of the multi-articulated head. This Manfrotto head has nice, large, rubber knobs that are easy to grasp and turn, either to loosen or tighten. The main reason i like this style of head is that you can adjust the rotation and elevation without touching the level. Very important when you need to make these movements in a hurry. With a ball head you have to adjust everything every time.
    Date published: 2010-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for This Style of Head I had read a bunch of reviews about this product before deciding to buy it. That said, I was still impressed when I finally received it. I've owned other similar Manfrotto heads, but the form factor of this one is much nicer. I really like the shorter knobs (in place of the longer handles). It just makes more sense. When you reposition the camera I like to grab the camera body, not a handle. I also like the size and feel of the knobs. They are larger than I expected and grip tight when cinched. Overall I would buy this head again and definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a three axis (non-ball) head for a DSLR.
    Date published: 2011-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could'nt Be Easier I have Parkinsons so Photogaphy is not easy for me. BUT with the 460MG magnesium head it puts the fun back in to photography for me. There are just 3 nobs to work, they are small but very effective & w/no ball head I do not need to worry about trying to change one setting & having something else change on me. I would recomend this item to anyone.
    Date published: 2012-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Features without weight I was so thrilled to see this lightweight replacement for my wonderful-but-heavy geared head. I still have control of all three axes separately, which I find indispensible for my work, especially macro shots. Once you're used to being able to tweak each dimension, a ball head with it's propensity to move in all directions at once is not an option (believe me I've tried!). So even though this doesn't have screw-thread adjustment, a small learning curve was all that was needed to attain the same functionality.
    Date published: 2013-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough, compact, sturdy This is the second 460MG I've owned. The first burned out after 4 years of very rough use, including backcountry backpacking and 6 months of very hard travel in Africa. I use it on a Manfrotto Mountaineer carbon fiber tripod. I like how compact it is. It's very versatile when trying to set up tough macro shots. And it's nice and sturdy....enough to hold a Canon 40D with 70-200 lens.
    Date published: 2008-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, Sturdy, Needs Detents I replaced the normal single-axis head on my Manfrotto 560B monopod with this one. Now I can set the forward tilt while keeping the weight over the monopod. This lets me frame more carefully. I could have bought an L plate and the right head for that, but this solution costs less and is not specific to a camera body. It's light, rugged and works well for people who want to adjust one axis at a time -- and that's probably everybody who uses a monopod. Getting the v/h and tilt axes back to level is very fiddly. I had to put tape on the joints to easily get it back to level and square. Manfrotto could have put detents in the joints and/or marks on the body to make this easier. I believe those features would make the head easier to use for people who put it on a tripod as well.
    Date published: 2010-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 7 Years Using this Head There are lots of nice reviews for this head so I'll say something new. Unlike a ball head and probably other pan heads, this head is offset. This places the center of balance not at the camera plate screw but AT THE PLACE WHERE THE LENS CONTACTS THE CAMERA. That means that when I put my 70-200 lens on my Canon 5D, IT NEARLY BALANCES! No need for a lens collar. Put a little 50mm on my Rebel IT NEARLY BALANCES! And I get zero vibration. You wont believe how nice this is till you try it. I would like to try a ball head for speed of setup but a one pound ball head with the stability of this Manfrotto costs $. I repeat: this head is so stable because of its forward balance. I have no idea why they state this head supports only 6.6 lbs. This thing is solid! Plus after 5 years with this head here is something I just learned to save time. Set your camera in and snap the quick release shut. Then loosen both upper knobs. Now the camera pivots in all directions just like on a ball head. So finding your composition is equally fast. With a ball head you then tighten one knob. With this head you tighten 2 which is fast and easy. Its so easy now. For you particular shooters you can still use it like a pan head and set your horizontal axis first, then your vertical. I don't anymore. I doubt I'm really going to get that $ ball head. One con: big hands might not access the vertical axis knob as well as small hands. Also, not mentioned in the Pros column: pan heads such as this are traditionally PERFECT for architectural when you would set your horizon to level first. Also, order the Architectural camera plate because it doesn't swivel on you when you set the camera in a vertical aspect.
    Date published: 2014-11-15
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